(0, _b.a)() ensures that the function _b.a is called with this set to the global object (or if strict mode is enabled, to undefined). If you were to call _b.a() directly, then _b.a is called with this set to _b.

(0, _b.a)(); is equivalent to

0; // Ignore result
var tmp = _b.a;
tmp();

(the , is the comma operator, see https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript/Reference/Operators/Comma_Operator).